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Posted By: Chris Posted In: Blog, Footsteps of Paul: The book of Acts Date Posted: November 10th, 2011 Comments: 1

View from the Mt of Olives where Acts 1:8 was spoken.

Issue #1 – Humble Beginnings

Kia Ora Friends.

I am bored! I am bursting with Acts and Paul and Turkey but have no outlet for all of this. YOU are my captive audience!

I have been inspired by well known Christian blogger Andrew Jones (TallSkinnyKiwi) who has been visiting us here recently, to write.

I know that if I start a blog, nobody will read it. That’s the reality for 99% of you guys who have blogs out there.

Yes, I will start a blog eventually, but in order to get some regular readers I’m going to “prime the pump” by imposing myself upon you who receive our occasional Turkey update. I will send out a weekly sharing from the Book of Acts from a perspective which I feel hugely privileged about – actually living here and visiting those places Paul ministered in. This has brought Acts and Paul’s letters alive for me in a way that I am busting to share with others.

Be warned – if you invite me to speak at church, a home group or a YWAM school – you will be getting a commentary on Acts. Nothing more and nothing less.

If you like Sustenance from Turkey, great. If you don’t, bin it.

Aroha,

Chris

Jesus’ Double Strategy

Although the Apostle Paul does not emerge from the pages of Acts until chapter 8, it is impossible to talk about Paul’s “footsteps” without first laying some contextual “roading” upon which he walked. Although the life and work of Paul dominates most of this book, the first seven chapters show us the life of the early church, the power of the “Helper” Spirit by which the work was accomplished and the attending persecution of this new faith into which Paul was called.

Chapter 1 1 “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven….”

Luke, the undisputed author of Acts and the Gospel according to Luke, explains to the said Theophilus, that his second volume (Acts) is a history of the continuation of what Jesus is doing. The Gospel of Luke, which records his earthly ministry, was just the start of his work; the Acts of the Apostles records the continuing ministry of Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, working in and through the fledgling church to spread the Good News throughout the whole world.

Acts 1:8 shows Jesus’ double strategy for this expansion:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

First is the means: Holy Spirit power, second is the scope: Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

As we journey through Acts, we will see Luke weave these strategic aspects throughout his account. As the church moves out geographically, Jesus works with them in bringing men, women and children of diverse cultural backgrounds to repentance, forgiveness, salvation, healing, deliverance, and close, loving relationship with one another and God. Should it be any different today?

Read right through Acts this week, observing these two strands, then next week we’ll lay some more “roading” that is so essential to understanding the Footsteps of Paul. You can look forward to reading through Acts several times over the next few months. You will truly get the pulse of the spectacular things God and his people accomplished then, and be inspired for what he is desiring to do in the here and now through you and me.

Ka kite ano

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  • Margaret Collins - 4 June, 2012 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Chris,
    This is exciting reading. I like it and look forward to reading more…
    Keep up the good work,
    Mags.{collinsFCC.}

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